HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING
2018, The Cinema Guild, 76 min, USA, Dir: RaMell Ross

Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, this Oscar-nominated documentary allows the viewer an emotive impression of the historic South - trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming against the odds. Through the lives of protagonists Daniel and Quincy, images weave together to create an inspired tapestry made up of time, the human soul, history, environmental wonder, sociology, and cosmic phenomena, offering a new way of seeing and experiencing the heat and the hearts of people in the Black Belt region of the U.S. and far beyond. “RaMell Ross's poetic portrait of life in a fabled corner of Alabama is a documentary of radiant images poised between desperation and joy. … and once you let yourself glide onto its wavelength, it’s got a cosmically becalmed addictive quality.” - Owen Gleiberman, Variety


FREE SOLO
2018, National Geographic, 100 min, USA, Dir: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

For Alex Honnold, rock climbing without ropes or safety equipment is not just a hobby, but a lifelong obsession that puts his desire for achievement in a constant struggle with his own mortality. In this thrilling and spectacular documentary, filmmakers Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (MERU) follow Alex as he embarks on his most unbelievable feat yet: becoming the first person to free solo the 3,000 feet granite wall of El Capitan. Charting his careful preparations leading up to the breathtaking final ascent, FREE SOLO is equal parts a nerve-racking thriller and a thoughtful character study. Winner of the 2019 Oscar for Best Documentary.


RBG
2018, Magnolia Pictures, 98 min, Dir: Julie Cohen, Betsy West

At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song (Diane Warren’s "I'll Fight").


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